Benjamin Franklin once said that only two things in life are certain. One is death, and the other taxation. You would not, however, know this from looking at the courses offered by the UK's universities, which I have happened to do.
Searching on the Which? University site I looked at just three subjects. Given Franklin's suggestion the first I looked at was medicine, given that this is a subject pretty directly related to the issue of death. I got this result:
Then I searched tax because in this case it did not seem that any other term was appropriate; the word itself would, I thought, do. I got this result:
Just in case they did not cover the 'social sciences' I checked accountancy instead:
So, this was no mistake: UK universities really do ignore tax. Searching a little harder, I did eventually find that Bournemouth University offer an undergraduate course in accountancy and taxation, and of course there are some universities who offer places for postgraduate study, particularly in taxation law, and the occasional Ph.D. But, overall, what is staggering is the extent to which UK universities completely ignore the issue of taxation as if it is of no consequence to society at large.
That gives rise to three questions. First of all, why does the government allow that? Secondly, why is there no demand for such courses? And, thirdly, given the importance of tax isn't something being done to change this absurd situation so that we might, in the future, have some people who actually understand how tax works, because right now we are desperately short of them.